Mayo Rape Crisis Centre exists to prevent and respond to the crimes of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence.
Mayo Rape Crisis Centre was established in July 1994 by a small group of women concerned at the lack of services or support in Mayo for women who had experienced sexual violence, abuse or rape.
Mayo Rape Crisis Centre exists to prevent and respond to the crimes of rape, sexual abuse and sexual violence by providing free, professional and confidential counselling in the community for survivors and their families/friends. The Centre also works to raise awareness of the reality of sexual violence through advocacy and training in the community.
The Centre marked its 25th anniversary in 2019.
Mayo Rape Crisis Centre is a member of Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI), the National Sexual Violence Specialists and representative umbrella body for member Rape Crisis Centres.
We are an independent, expert, dedicated, community-based non-governmental Organisation (NGO) made up of staff, volunteers, our Board and supporters. We achieve our mission through maintaining the highest levels of expertise in our provision of professional counselling, advocacy, support, specialist training and raising awareness of the reality of sexual violence.
Director of Services - Loretta Brosnan McDonagh (MA SIAHIP)
Loretta has a background in psychotherapy and clinical supervision. She first joined Mayo Rape Crisis Centre in 1995 as a volunteer counsellor. Prior to her appointment as Director of Services in 2014, her roles in the centre included counselling, training and education work.
Loretta is a fully accredited psychotherapist and cross professional supervisor with IAHIP. She currently serves on the board of Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) and held the position of Chairperson of RCNI 2019 to 2022.